French Creek State Park


The woods that blanket the Schuylkill Highlands constitute the largest contiguous forest between Washington, DC, and New York City. Within the 7730 protected acres of this state park, you'll find (if you're lucky) flocks of migratory birds, white-tailed deer and maybe even a shy fox.

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